Smith’s record is one to share
What happened on Saturday night may never happen again.
The moment the siren sounded in Saturday night’s 28-6 win, Cameron Smith moved to the top of the list of most wins in NRL history.
Victory number 238 of his career saw the Storm skipper overtake Darren Lockyer on the all-time list.
The man of the moment was proud post-match but knew such an achievement would never have been possible without those around him.
“For me it is a nice milestone to achieve and a nice record to have but I am just very thankful to be part of a special footy club surrounded by some wonderful people,” Smith said.
“Obviously being coached by Craig pretty much my entire career and playing alongside some of the greatest players to have played our game, they’ve all contributed to that record.
“That number sits beside my name but I couldn’t have done it without Craig and the coaching staff that have been here to help me and all of my teammates.”
Along with Smith, Cooper Cronk moved into third with 214 wins while Billy Slater joined Norm Provan and Steve Menzies on 196 (equal ninth).
“It is a pretty special night for our Club,” Storm coach Craig Bellamy said.
“That is a pretty big thing I reckon and Cooper went past Terry Lamb tonight and Terry is one of the best Club players I’ve ever seen. Billy after missing two years is in the top 10 as well.
“I just feel really proud and thankful that I’ve been involved with these three blokes.
“It hasn’t got a whole heap of publicity what Cameron has done tonight but it is a pretty special occasion.”